Are you worried? Be honest. I know I am. And I’m not alone from the looks of things. In conversation with friends and co-workers from time to time I’ve realised that worrying is more the normal way of life than the exception for many of us.
We are worried that:
• we don’t have enough money to pay our bills (aka more month than money)
• our children won’t do well in school
• our bosses won’t see what a good job we are doing
• our spouse or significant other may leave us for a younger brighter model
• we may be victims of downsizing
• we could lose a loved one who is seriously ill or we could become ill
• something might cause us not to make it to see another day
• the only people who really appreciate us and show their love is our pets instead of humans
• our scale is malfunctioning and implying our diet is not working
• God just may have forgotten His people and their daily suffering.
Guess we should also spend time being worried about ISIS and war in the middle East, suicide bombers and kidnapped passengers on planes, in addition to ever rising fuel prices too – aren’t these important issues to be included in our worry list?
The thing about worry is that it is really quite futile. Worrying doesn’t add a day more to our lives or makes us fitter – neither mentally or physically. And yes, there are lots and lots of things the devil uses to distract us from being grateful for every single day that finds us awake and above ground. That’s his job. Our job is to give all of our worries over to Daddy so He can handle them for us and that’s the main reason why l initially shared my thoughts on how we can actively try to worry less each day. Take a look and then share it in turn with someone who is anxious about tomorrow.
In the meantime, maybe we can forget our own worries by going out and helping others to stop worrying too. Just a thought …
What we are told about worrying
“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up” (Proverbs 12:25)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4)
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’” (Luke 12:22-26)